Nerds & The Social Network

October 17, 2010 at 9:54 am

Review: Nerds & The Social Network (2010 Movie Review

I take great pride in being a nerd.

It’s been amazing to see how nerds have evolved on the silver screen over the years.  Old school geeks were always lovable characters who spent their time in front of computer screens instead of talking to women or playing sports.

The world of nerds was filled video gamers, programmers and hackers.

Thanks to The Social Network, you can now add game changing entrepreneur to that list.

Entrepreneurs that continue to shape the world every single day from the comforts of their desktops and smart phones.

Review: Nerds & The Social Network (2010 Movie Review)

The nerds have risen. The age of social media has arrived and site’s like Facebook and Twitter have vaulted nerds to the top of the mountain.

Nerds are cool now.

I found the film absolutely fascinating.

It truly is an interesting story.  I’m not sure how much of it was true but I couldn’t help but relate to each and every person on that screen.

The truth is, nerds are cool because we are all nerds now.

It’s normal to spend hours in front of a computer screen.  People who have never played a video game in their life spend hours dominating with Wii remotes in their hands.

On the other hand, it’s now acceptable to be a nerd and jog everyday.  Hitting the gym is no longer against the stereotype.

Athletic Nerds.

The war is over!

The Social Network captures the last decade perfectly. It’s all about the fast paced, hurry up or get left behind era that saw the creation of a website that would one day have more than 500 million members.


This wonderful film is about our evolution into a new and amazingly SOCIAL world.

1 in every 14 people on the planet have a Facebook page!

What’s fascinating to me is how it all started in a college dorm room.

It took me back to the days when I carried around Qbasic for Dummies everywhere trying to learn how to create my own basketball game.

Note: I’m not kidding either.  It had full rosters, trades, salary caps and more.  This site isn’t called The Athletic Nerd for nothing.

I found myself trying to read the code that they were typing in the film.  There’s really little chance that I would have understood it but I love the fact that we live in a time that you can create whatever you want at any time.

If it’s a good idea you can make millions.  Some people would call that living the dream.  I think the real dream is creating something you can be proud of.

To me, that’s what resonated about The Social Network.

The creators of Facebook had an idea (or didn’t depending on who you believe) and were passionate about it.  In the end, their hard work and dedication paid off.

I may not have come up with that million dollar idea or film yet but that’s not the point.

What’s important is that I keep staring at my computer screen working on my newest idea.  That I keep working with passionately and commit to a dream that anything is possible.

You just have to believe in yourself.

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